Everton’s Roberto Martínez: It’s the right time for a new challenge

Everton appoint Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martínez as their new manager on a four-year contract

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Roberto Martínez is the new Everton manager Photo: Back Page Images

Roberto Martínez felt the time was right for a new challenge after Everton confirmed the Spaniard as David Moyes’ successor at Goodison Park.

The 39-year-old has signed a four-year deal with the Toffees after he asked to leave Wigan Athletic following their relegation to the Championship in May.

Martínez said: “It’s been a phenomenal time at Wigan. I enjoyed every second but after four seasons I felt it was the right time.

“After I met the chairman, I felt Everton was the right football club. It’s the right time to be involved in such an exciting challenge.”

Meanwhile, Everton chairman Bill Kenwright revealed the supporters had played a part in his decision to appoint the popular Martínez as the club’s new manager.

“Right at the start of this process when I was door-stepped after David Moyes left, I said the fans would play an important part in the choice of the next manager.

“I’ve listened to the fans for the last four weeks, and their voices have come over loud and clear.”

He added: “During the four weeks, I’ve met some of the finest individuals you could meet in football, and the finest is sitting next to me now.

“It’s a great relief joy and very exciting that Roberto Martínez has agreed to be the next manager of Everton football club.”

Martínez, who led Wigan to the FA Cup crown in May, also feels he can cope with the pressure of replacing Moyes, who was named as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor at Manchester United last month.

“It’s huge pressure but I’m proud of that pressure,” Martínez added.

“It means David Moyes has set real standards and given an incredible platform for the next man to continue.

“I feel very fortunate to be able to carry on that work. He’s given Everton an identity and incredible standards. I want to be humble and hardworking enough to take it on to the next level.”

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